Do you know what ingredient is missing from my face creams?
    The main thing that makes my face creams different from most you'll find on the shelves or even in high-end brands...water!
    All of my products are water-free, aka, anhydrous formulas.
    For many reasons, I choose to exclusively formulate all of my products without water. WHY you ask?
    1) Do you want to pay for water? I don't. Most products have water as the first ingredient. I would rather create my products with pure, whole botanical ingredients, and nourishing organic oils and butters to get you straight to their naturally potent inherent healing qualities. Filler ingredients can get in the way of their absorption.
    2. Water means possible bacteria. One little drop in something that is not preserved correctly can harbor microbes that may cause skin irritations or worse. Why risk it? Without water, I do not have to introduce chemical or "natural" preservatives, emulsifiers, thickeners or fillers. You are left with pure, true ingredients in their least processed state, to provide a direct path to these healing botanical ingredients.
    Many of these ingredients, including the oils, butters and healing botanicals are self-preserving and antimicrobial, and have a long shelf life.
    BUT I encourage you to think of my products as food for your skin. They are most potent when used fresh!
    So slather away and enjoy it now, and you will reap the maximum benefits of these beauties!
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    A dear friend told me a story today, so I thought I would hop on and give a little loving reminder.
    HANDS products are about as natural as it gets. They are not chemically preserved, and are meant to be used while they are fresh to reap maximum benefits from the botanical elements.
    Natural doesn't always look perfect, and it also requires a little extra care from you once you purchase.
    Keeping it cool, out of the sun, and keeping your products away from water are all things you can do to prolong their life.
    If you remember my recent Instagram post about my face creams, all my products are anhydrous, made without water, so introducing any water to them will open up opportunities for bacteria & mold to be introduced.
    Enter... your spoon! I give little wooden spoons with every jarred product so you can scoop away, worry free!
    But I do think it is a great reminder - after hearing that my friend got a drop of water in her mask jar, left it for a couple months and had it grow mold - to just be mindful around water as well.
    Make sure your hands are dry, and if you are mixing up a mask or pit detox, scoop out what you want first, close your lid, and then turn on the water!
    It takes a little extra care, but I think it's worth it for truly minimally processed, fresh organic skin care with active botanicals. If you ever have any questions or issues around this, please feel free to let me know. 💛🌾
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